News

On this page you can find announcements about publication dates and updates about our work.

Publication of 2015 MHO Report

29 Aug 2016

We are pleased to announce that the Mental Health Officers (Scotland) 2015 Report was published on Monday 29th August 2016 (available here).

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Announcement of publication date for the Scottish Social Service Sector: Report on 2015 Workforce Data

20 Jul 2016

The SSSC is pleased to announce that its annual report on those working in social services in Scotland will be published at 9:30am on Wednesday 31st August 2016 on the SSSC workforce data website. Last year’s report is available on the site at: Scottish Social Service Sector: Report 2014 Workforce Data

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Announcement of publication date for the Mental Health Officers (Scotland) Report 2015

18 Jul 2016

The SSSC is pleased to announce that its annual report on those working as Mental Health Officers in Scotland will be published at 9:30am on Monday 29th August 2016 on the SSSC workforce data website. Last year’s report is available on the site here site at: Mental Health Officers (Scotland) Report 2014.

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New Workforce Skills Survey

04 Jul 2016

What skills do workers in social services need? Is the training available and easy to access? What is your experience of finding skilled staff? Do you expect skills needs to change in the future?

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) is beginning work to produce a new Workforce Skills Report (WSR) which examines the demand for skills within the sector as well as the supply of skills to it. The aim is to help ensure that the provision of skills better meets demand. The work will look at current needs and provision as well as future demands. Copies of previous WSRs are available here: http://data.sssc.uk.com/data-publications/21-workforce-skills-report

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Report on SVQs in the Scottish Social Service Sector 2015 Published

17 May 2016

The seventh in a series of annual reports on Scottish Vocational Qualifications provision in Scotland, produced regularly for the purposes of workforce planning has been published and can be downloaded here.

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The Position on Recruitment, Retention and Workforce Planning in the Social Service Workforce in Scotland

17 May 2016

On behalf of the Social Work Services Strategic Forum the Office of the Chief Social Work Advisor (OCSWA), Scottish Government has commissioned a study to provide an in-depth view of the issues and challenges that the social care sector are facing with recruitment, retention and workforce planning.  This will inform our work to progress a number of actions in Social Services in Scotland: a Shared Vision and Strategy 2015-2020 which was launched last year.  It also builds on recent work that the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS) and Scottish Care have conducted with frontline staff.

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